Travel Awards

Since 1992 the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has provided travel awards to help undergraduate neuroscientists present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. The winners are enrolled at a variety of academic institutions - from small liberal arts colleges to large research intensive universities, but all display a dedication to the pursuit of high quality research in the neurosciences. An incredible 68 percent of award winners have gone on to enter PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs.
 

2024 FUN Undergraduate Travel Awards

Access the 2024 application with the QR code

It's time for the 2024 Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Undergraduate Research Travel Awards to the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Meeting in Chicago, IL!  If you have a student presenting at the SfN conference, consider applying for a FUN Travel Award to help support their SfN conference attendance.  Faculty Sponsors must be full members to submit award applications for their student presenters.  

Applications are due on June 4, 2024, at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT.

The award winners will be notified on July 8, 2024.
 

Information about the award: 

The awards offer up to $1000 in aid for travel and attendance expenses associated with attending the Society for Neuroscience 2024 meeting for students who are presenting posters at the main SFN (Society for Neuroscience) meeting. All student award travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN. 

The student must be an author on the abstract and present research that results from studies conducted while an undergraduate.  It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting.  Students are eligible if the work was done before their graduation the previous academic year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.

A panel of FUN members judges the award applications.  The judging criteria focus on the student’s contribution to the project, the importance and originality of the student’s contribution to the project, and the candidate’s potential in science.  Preference is given to students who are the first authors on the abstract.


How to apply:

Applications must be submitted through this survey link (also included as the QR code above) by the faculty sponsor.  Please be preapred to upload the following documents as part of the application:

  1. The abstract submitted to the Society for Neuroscience for consideration for the 2024 Annual Meeting, including the Title, authors and affiliations.  The student must be an author on the abstract and present research results from studies conducted while an undergraduate. 
  2. A statement by the student candidate indicating the scientific importance of the project, the candidate’s contribution to the project (including an estimation of the amount of time spent on it), and the relevance of this research experience to the candidate’s career plans. (Two page maximum)
  3. The student’s CV/resume. The CV/resume should include any other research-related activities.
  4. A statement by the student’s faculty sponsor.  This statement should clearly identify the specific intellectual, technical, and time contributions the student candidate has made, especially in the case of multiple student authors, and compare the student’s exact role in the project to those of the other authors. The sponsor’s statement should briefly summarize the lab’s source(s) of funding, and whether graduate students were part of or supervised the undergraduate’s project. (500 word maximum)
            If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jackie Rose at the FUN Travel Award email
 

        
         Timeline:

The deadline for consideration is June 4, 2024, at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT

         
 
2023 Travel Award Committee Members:

          Laura Grafe - Bryn Mawr College
          Elaine Reynolds - Lafayette College
          Lorenz Neuwirth - SUNY Old Westbury
          Ryan Mruczek - College of the Holy Cross
          Elda Rueda - University of Houston-Downtown
          Lora Becker - University of Evansville
          Susan Banks - Florida Southern College
          Lauren Williamson - Northern Kentucky University
          Marc Nahmani - University of Washington
          Connie Kang - University of Houston-Downtown
 

History:
Use this link to view a list of previous travel award winners.


2024 FUN Travel Award Sponsors

 
David H. Hubel
Memorial Fund



About the Travel Award Competition:
  • The awards are for students to help defray travel and attendance expenses associated with the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
  • To be eligible to appy, students must be accepted to present a poster at the main SFN meeting.
  • All student travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN in good standing
  • The student applying must be an author on the abstract and present research that results from studies conducted while an undergraduate. It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting.  Students are eligible if the work was done before their graduation the previous academic year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.